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Yamaha CR-2040

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1979-81)

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Yamaha CR-2040


The CR-2040 has accurately matched performance specifications and controls which give an overall performance which fully measures up with Yamaha's high tuner, pre and power amplifier standards.

The basic concept behind the design of the audio section includes an extremely high output power rating at which both noise and distortion are extremely low.

A very wide dynamic range is achieved.

Using direct assessment of differential gain enables the tuner to combine high-sensitivity with razor sharp tuning selectivity and ultra-low distortion in the tuner section.


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 120 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.02%

Damping factor: 40

Input sensitivity: 0.1mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 120mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 86dB (MC), 95dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Output: 120mV (line)

Semiconductors: 14 x IC, 4 x FET, 102 x transistors, 31 x diodes, 9 x zener diodes

Dimensions: 580 x 167 x 407mm

Weight: 20.4kg


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Reviewed Apr 06th, 2017 by

I bought this receiver in 1979, and still own it today, it sits idle now in storage awaiting a full restoration, but it is still working, it is an excellent piece of audio history, and is built with exceptional quality, so this era of Yamaha stands the test of time for the most part.

Only some LED's have gone out and one of the amp meters quit functioning, but were are talking a nearly 40 year old, heavily used receiver.



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Got one myself when I was 15 so 40 years ago. Its working fine had to replace some lamps but not more than that. I did play to much with the settings of the radio part so that still needs to be re-adjusted. I you could get one for a few bucks I will buy immediately!

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If you do get the chance to restore the CR-2040, will you attempt it yourself or take it to a repair technician?
Just curious as I have seem some at a garage sale or online, but they were in need of restoration or repair as they weren't in functional condition.
If you have had the restoration done I was hoping you could give me a ballpark figure.

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There are no user serviceable parts inside. This is a job for an experienced technician. And it won't come cheap. I used to do restorations, to make any money at all, I would have to charge $400-$500 for a full restore, $100 in parts, the rest is for the many hours of labor. Every board and panel has to be removed, upgraded then reinstalled. Every control, cleaned and lubed. Dash lamps changed, any leaky (noisy) transistors replaced. Very labor intensive. For a while I wasn't charging enough, I was losing money. When I finally charged enough to make a few bucks, people thought it too much. So I got out of the business. There are people who still do this work, but I caution you, get references (and not their references). I've reworked dozens of these hack jobs. You have to decide what it is worth to you. Honestly, find one that already works for a price you can live with and enjoy it as is. Otherwise, it is just a labor of love.

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